The Miami Heat came into Toronto hoping to put a strangle hold on the series, but came up short in overtime in Game 2, losing to the Toronto Raptors 96-92.
Dwyane Wade: 17 points, 6 rebounds
Goran Dragic: 20 points, 4 assists
DeMarre Carroll: 21 points, 5 rebounds
Jonas Valanciunas: 15 points, 12 rebounds
The game started off miserably for the Miami Heat. At first, they had a nice cushion and lead, but as the first quarter unfolded, they had their most sloppy first quarter in post-season history. They collected 11 turnovers in the quarter, while only scoring 19 points. It wasn't pretty and their offense was getting predictable. It ended to be back-to-back games of 20+ turnovers for the Heat...not good.
In fact, Miami trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half. Yet, as it closed the Heat only were behind by 7 points at the half. With the help of a solid half by Hassan Whiteside, they stayed close. The Heat shot the ball well, but it was a lack of protection with the turnovers they kept them from being in control. It was 48-41 at the break.
Miami took control in the third. Behind Joe Johnson and Dwyane Wade, Miami had a lead going into the fourth. They played nearly that entire quarter without Goran Dragic who got his 4th foul. Toronto was held without an assist on only 6 field goals in the third period.
In the fourth, Miami took some control, and even had a 77-70 lead in the 4th and momentum. But then Toronto went on a slow run, one that coupled with the Heat being unable to score on their end. The Raptors went on a 14-3 run and had an 84-80 lead with 45 seconds left. Then Dwyane Wade nailed a three-pointer to bring them within one point. Kyle Lowry knocked in a jumper with 14 seconds left to give Toronto a 3 point lead. Miami called an inbounds play and Joe Johnson assisted on Dragic's game-tying three that eventually sent it to overtime after Kyle Lowry's miss at the buzzer.
May 6, 2016
Yea, that was the exact opposite of Game 1. The Heat went scoreless for the first 4 minutes of overtime giving the Raptors a 6 point lead. Miami never really made a close attempt after that, failing to even shoot a three-pointer down the stretch while sending Toronto to the line over and over. The Raptors closed it out 96-92.
Where the Game was lost for the Heat
There were two actually. The first is when Hassan Whiteside refused to be physical with Jonas Valanciunas. JV got offensive rebounds, tip ins, loose balls, etc. Whiteside couldn't do a thing, and it was JV's presence that fueled much of that 14-3 run that sent the game to overtime. Miami had control and lost it because of this matchup.
Secondly, overtime. The Heat went 4:27 without scoring. That's not going to give you any chance, it doesn't matter who you are playing. Joe Johnson failed on his iso's in OT and Dragic wasn't used. The Heat couldn't get it done.
Miami has to get their turnovers under control, fix the JV issue. Find a new way to incorporate Justise Winslow into something productive on offense. Lots of things to work for the Heat.
The series is now tied 1-1. Game 3 will be on Saturday, 5:00 PM EST in Miami, FL.